People want to belong and be a part of something larger than themselves. Creating community is the secret for achieving lasting value. How do you include people?
What if someone does not want to be part of a community? A person may be friendly and sociable, but they appear to not be interested in developing deeper relationships with the members of the group. I have found it helpful at these points to simply go silent, listen, and seek understanding.
Early in my career on the drive back to Washington, DC from rural West Virginia after running a visioning workshop, my mentor asked me, “Are you a form-giver?” This particular architect and designer had studied and worked under Eero Saarinen and it wasn’t until years later that I fully appreciated the depth of the question. Although Saarinen used the term form-giver to describe … Read More